Wow, it has been an incredible year!! Thank you for your support, partnership, encouragement, accountability, love, and prayers this year. Many blessings have occurred in 2017. One of which is understanding that the Healing the Wounds of Trauma Training and Groups will be a big part of the ministry moving forward in 2018. What a joy it is to be a part of a solid curriculum combining mental health principles with a solid Biblical foundation. Trauma healing is designed to equip local church leaders and ministry leaders with basic mental health and Biblical principles, so they are better able to respond to their own inner pain and that of others. This is vital as trauma can create a barrier to people engaging with Scripture. Hearts are hardened by anger and bitterness and the seed falls on hard ground and does not take root. People may read the Bible but may not let its message get into their hearts without first experiencing healing into their lives. It's very humbling to be a part of this.
This has been a great month full of reunions with precious missionary friends of mine from around the world at ICOM (the International Conference on Missions). Twelve years ago was my first ICOM, where I only knew the missionaries I would be working with and enjoyed attending the various workshops. How different ICOM is for me now as I skipped many of the workshops in exchange for sitting down and catching up with others I had not seen in quite awhile. One of the highlights was spending time with single missionary friends as there is an understanding between us regarding the challenges faced on the field when you are single.
I also had the chance to share at Global Outreach Made for Missions conference. I taught 2 workshops where the focus was on what is a wound of the heart and how can we help someone heal from their heart wounds. Because of those workshops, we have enough interest to hold an Initial Equipping Session in May in Tupelo, MS with various church leaders and community leaders to equip them to facilitate trauma healing groups. It was also a great time of brainstorming ways we can incorporate Trauma Healing into Member Care (caring for missionaries) and casting vision for 2018 with several co-facilitators.
One other piece of news for the month. As you know, I spent 7 years in Zimbabwe, a country that will always hold a special place in my heart. Mugabe, who has been president since independence in 1980, has resigned. His resignation has been described in the news as a non-violent and non-bloody coup as the military moved into the capital and placed him under house arrest. Currently, his vice president has stepped in until elections are held in 2018. Please pray for change and for peace in Zimbabwe. The new president says the right words, but time will tell if he is serious about making positive lasting change. He has trained under Mugabe for years so there is skepticism of his motives. His behavior soon will speak louder than his words. In the meantime, this is a historic moment for Zimbabwe and I wait with the residents of the country in eager anticipation to see what unfolds in 2018.
Finally, enjoy some highlights of each month for 2017 in the ministry. Thank you again for your partnership in 2017. Without you, these photographic highlights would not be possible!
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Misty Bodkins has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. She has worked both stateside and internationally doing counseling, training, teaching, and research. Her passion is working with people who are in crisis.